KCMO mayor announces curfew for parts of Kansas City for Sunday night

KMBZ News Staff
May 31, 2020 - 2:15 pm
A screenshot of Mayor Quinton Lucas announcing a curfew for KCMO for Sunday night, May 31st

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Kansas City, MO - Mayor Quinton Lucas signed an executive order establishing a curfew for certain areas of the city following Saturday's sometimes violent and destructive protests on the Country Club Plaza.

The curfew goes from 8 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday for the Country Club Plaza, Westport, Downtown central business district and Kansas City Parks.

The mayor asked people who don't live in those areas to stay out when the curfew takes effect.

"The reason is fairly simple: Last night and yesterday we had a number of people who came out to peacefully protest and to peacefully demonstrate. We welcome that. We want to hear that. I, as someone who was appalled by at what we saw in Minneapolis and who has been someone who has appalled by what we have seen happen to black men and black women throughout our country, wanted to hear those voices. I want to hear your voices, and we welcome that. The Kansas City Police Department will make sure that you have an opportunity to demonstrate peacefully," Lucas said.

At least 85 people were arrested in Kansas City on Saturday during a protest over George Floyd's death.

What started out as a peaceful demonstration had turned violent as the evening continued, with groups of people throwing rocks and bottles. Kansas City police fired tear gas and flash bangs into the crowd.

Police said several businesses had been broken into and looting was also reported.

Police Chief Rick Smith said there was significant damage to businesses on the Plaza. He also said that nearly all officers on the line were hit with frozen water bottles or rocks. Two officers hospitalized from being struck - one with an injury to the temple and one with a lacerated liver.

"A peaceful demonstration is not breaking a bunch of windows at a cupcake shop or raiding through a Gucci store. Or what I saw today, talking to a black businessman on the Plaza, forcing somebody to sweep out glass and see what they lost in their own business establishment yesterday due to looting int their stores," Lucas said. "That's not what this is about. What this is about making sure that we can find justice and find a way to build justice in our community, not just today, not just this weekend, not just while some folks are going wild, right? Instead making sure that we can find justice on Monday, on Tuesday, the week after, the month after."

Another protest was scheduled Sunday afternoon.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued an executive order activating the Missouri National Guard and the Highway Patrol to help with the civil unrest in Kansas City and other parts of the state.

A third protest is scheduled Sunday afternoon.

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